Sunday West Side Ramen pop-up opens, Naperville Restaurant Week continues

West Side Ramen Pop Up

As the chilly days continue, warm up with a hearty bowl of ramen from the limited-time West Side Ramen pop-up, which takes over Chrissoulas in Libertyville from 4-8 p.m. every Sunday through February 20. Reserve now. for dinner, as slots tend to fill up quickly to sample chef Theo’s dishes on homemade ramen, bao buns and other Japanese finger foods. Japanese-style cocktails as well as Japanese sake, beer, and whiskey are also offered during the pop-up. If you prefer to take away, takeout will be available from Sunday 23 January. Call to reserve or send a message via Facebook or Instagram.

West Side Ramen is located inside Chrissoulas, 602 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, (847) 549-3046,

Diners can sample the smoked pork belly bao bun during West Side Ramen’s limited Sunday run.
– Courtesy of West Side Ramen

Naperville Restaurant Week

Hungry? Good, because there’s still time to participate in Naperville Restaurant Week, which runs until Sunday, February 6. The 40 participating restaurants offer daily specials, discounts or fixed price offers for lunch or dinner. Find out what each of the restaurants – A La Folie, Ball Factory, Ben and Jerry’s, Bistro Manila, Catch 35, Che Figata, Cinnaholic, CityGate Grille, Colonial Cafe, Crosstown Pub and Grill, Cuisine of India, Egg Harbor Cafe, Empire Burger Bar, Fat Rosie’s Taco and Tequila Bar, Fogo de Chao, Francesca’s Passaggio, Honey-Jam Cafe, Kogii Kogii Express, La Sorella di Francesca, Lou Malnati’s, Macarena Tapas, Paris Bistro, Potter’s Place, Q-BBQ, Quiubo, Seoul Taco , Shinto Sushi, SixtyFour Wine Bar, Sparrow Coffee Roastery, Spice Mart, Sweet Home Gelato, Tap In Pub, Taps N Tenders, Tapville Social, Texas Roadhouse, Vai’s Italian, Vasili’s Mediterranean, WhirlyBall, Yogurt Beach and Zade’s Lounge – have in store at

Anniversary offers

Guzman y Gomez Mexican Kitchen is celebrating its two-year anniversary in Naperville (the Australian company’s only US location) with a $6 anniversary special. What that means for diners are burritos, Cali burritos and bowls that are $6 now through Friday, January 21. The special is available for drive-thru and take-out only from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Guzman y Gomez is at 1519 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville, (331) 457 5991,

Wildfire is hosting three upcoming four-course Beam Suntory Bourbon dinners in Oak Brook, Chicago and Lincolnshire.

Wildfire is hosting three upcoming four-course Beam Suntory Bourbon dinners in Oak Brook, Chicago and Lincolnshire.
– Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Beam Suntory Bourbon Dinners

If you’re a bourbon lover, consider indulging in one of Wildfire’s Beam Suntory Bourbon four-course dinners. There are three dates to choose from: 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 24 at Oak Brook; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Chicago; and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 27 in Lincolnshire. Dine on mini Reuben corned beef sandwiches and grilled cilantro shrimp lollipops paired with Knob Creek Rye Manhattan, seared Atlantic salmon paired with Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, braised beef short ribs with bourbon paired with Legent Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and caramel brioche bread and bourbon pudding paired with Jim Beam Black. It’s $115 per person; One must reserve.

Wildfire is at 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; 159 W. Erie, Chicago, (312) 787-9000; and 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900;

Art History Brewery Dinner

Niche is offering a way to break up the work week with its Art History Brewing beer dinner starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26. Weisswurst (pierogi, caramelized onion, Nduja juice and fresh cream) paired with Art Therapy Imperial IPA; Entrecôte from CDK Farms with mashed apples, soubise of foie gras and baby pastrami-style carrots served with Varitace Dark Czech Lager; and German pretzels stuffed with milk stout frozen yogurt, enriched chocolate sauce, strawberries, toasted pecans and cocoa nibs paired with the Ink Line Imperial Milk Stout. Reservations will be taken by phone only.

Niche is located at 14 S. 3rd St., Geneva, (630) 262-1000,

Dine like Harry Potter

Calling all Harry Potter fans: the next Chocolate Sanctuary Chef’s Dinners are for you. It’s all about trivia, chocolate frogs and Harry Potter-themed dishes at both dinners, offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, January 26 and 27. Dine on a Cornish pastie with pumpkin juice, Brown Windsor soup paired with butterbeer, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding paired with Amortentia (love potion) and molasses tart (a pastry lemony) associated with Felix Felicis (liquid luck). It’s $50 per person. One must reserve.

The Chocolate Sanctuary is located at 5101 Washington St., Gurnee, (224) 944-0808,

The Bacon Chilli Cheeseburger is on the lunch menu at Miller's Ale House until April 8.

The Bacon Chilli Cheeseburger is on the lunch menu at Miller’s Ale House until April 8.
– Courtesy of Miller’s Ale House

Take a lunch break

To brighten up your midday meal, Miller’s Ale House recently launched four lunch specials that will be available through April 8. Choose from the pimento cheese and bacon burger ($9.99), rosato shrimp fettuccine ($8.99), barbecue chicken sandwich ($7.99) and chicken. duo flatbread with pesto and salad (half flatbread $6.99, whole flatbread $9.99). If you’d rather pick up your order, Miller’s is offering free shipping with a minimum purchase of $40 through Sunday, January 23.

Miller’s Ale House has locations in Aurora, Lombard, Schaumburg and more.

For a limited time, Bar Louie has pledged to donate $1 from every Winter Citrus Punch ordered to Action Against Hunger.

For a limited time, Bar Louie has pledged to donate $1 from every Winter Citrus Punch ordered to Action Against Hunger.
– Courtesy of Bar Louie

Cocktails for a cause

As part of its Cocktails for a Cause campaign, Bar Louie has pledged to donate $1 for every Winter Citrus Punch – a blend of Deep Eddy Lemon, O3 Orange Liqueur, Chloe Pinot Grigio , vanilla, winter citrus, sparkling water, orange and grapefruit — ordered from Action Contre la Faim, which treats and prevents child malnutrition.

Bar Louie has locations in Bolingbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, O’Hare, Chicago, Skokie and more.

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